Ribera del Duero Food and Wine Tours

Spain’s wine-making gem

A scenic two-hour drive north of Madrid transports you to the beautiful wine region of Ribera del Duero. An unforeseen and singular natural setting that offers unique conditions to make world-renowned wine, with 115 kilometers of riverbank and over 270 wineries, wines as unique as the environment are crafted. 

Mineral flavors, body and balance describe the character of Ribera del Duero wines. With an amazing terroir where winemaking has been happening since the Romans, weather conditions also influence the inimitable qualities of this region’s wine. With gashing hot summers, chilly winters and a rocky, stiff terrain, Ribera del Duero is a paradise for grapes. 

The tempranillo grapes grown have a personality of their own, and the region’s winemakers use innovative technology to entice every drop of density out of their produce, resulting in a smooth, rich and bold creation. These wines are definitely avant-garde. 

Wines produced in the Ribera del Duero derive almost exclusively from red grapes, the Albillo grape is the only white variety grown. The vast majority of production is dedicated to Tinto Fino or tempranillo. The intense cold delays the budding of the vine and the sudden changes of temperature between day and night in summer harvest a perfect balance, for a magnificent quality grape collected in autumn. 

Ribera del Duero is a Denomination of Origin region located in the community of Castile and Leon it is located on the extensive northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula which occupies the southern plains of the province of Burgos, Valladolid and parts of Segovia and Soria to the south and east. This region is home to red wines regarded as some of the finest, not just in the country, but also throughout the world.

The town of Pesquera is distinguished for its wines as well as the area around La Horra, which is respected by locals for its consistent quality. Ribera del Duero is a region worth visiting for wine aficionados. The picturesque cities of Valladolid, Aranda del Duero, Peñafiel and Burgos are charming visits along the route and are considered great natural destinations for wine and culinary enthusiasts.

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